The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s 2011/2012 flu program is now underway.
The vaccine this year is very similar to the vaccine that’s been given over the past two years because there isn’t a new strain of virus this year so far. Three strains of the flu virus are covered this year, including H1N1.
The Health Unit says that everyone should consider getting a flu shot, especially young children over six months old and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. “That’s where many of the deaths occur because the very young and the elderly are at greatest risk for complications from the flu, like pneumonia” said Dr. Heimann, Windsor-Essex County Medcial Officer of Health. “There are about 20,000 hospitalizations and 4,000 to 8,000 flu-related deaths every year in Canada.” He added.
The following people and those who care for them benefit most from immunization:
• The elderly (65 years and older)
• People with chronic medical conditions, including morbid obesity
• Pregnant women
• Healthy children from six months to five years old
• Healthcare workers
• Household contacts and care providers of persons at high risk, who cannot be immunized or may not respond to the vaccine
The first flu shot clinic will be held on Tuesday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit located at 1005 Ouellette Avenue.
You must live, work, or go to school in Ontario to be eligible for the vaccine.